Sure, it's a major time-suck, but if you're a writer (which I believe most of us are) where else can you find such a wealth of like-minded individuals to lean on and share knowledge and support with?
In my personal life, I can't. No one else understands this path, and attempting to explain wouldn't demonstrate the magnitude. Sometimes we're up. Other times we're down. And only our fellow writers truly understand this roller coaster of emotion--the peak of hopes, and the valleys of despair.
No one get's to pick and choose. There'll always be a negative critique or review, a gut-wrenching revision or heartbreaking rejection. We are artists swimming through an ocean of opinions. Will we sink or float? Or will the sharks get us?
One thing's for sure, swimming is much easier with a support system of writerly friends cheering me on, offering life vests of support, pushing me as far as my creativity will take me.
You do that for me with every post. I share my path with you, and you take the time to read and comment and share your own paths. Of course, at times, it's about promotional reciprocity, and that's okay, because that's where we help each other. But in this industry, you can't have too many friends, and what a fabulous way to make more of them--by helping to promote each other's work.
Today I'm sharing two wonderful writers who I met very early on. I was a brand new blogger without a clue what I was doing, and both of these lovely ladies welcomed me into the blogosphere with open arms and became writerly friends--not because they wanted something, but because they're genuinely kind, helpful people.
And since today's Indie Wednesday, one of them is an indie, and the other pubbed through a small press. Both are totally worth celebrating!
Along the Way Home by Christi Corbett is a “sweet” historical romance about a family and their trail guide’s adventures on the 1843 Oregon Trail. It released in ebook format on June 11, 2013 and in print sometime in July of 2013. It will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Astraea Press (her publisher) and wherever ebooks are sold.
Click HERE for her awesome book trailer.
Dragonfly by Leigh T. Moore
Falling in Love Changes Everything…
Three good things I learned this year:
Way to go, Leigh!!
If you don't already know these ladies, be sure to stop by their blogs and say hello and congrats! They're sure to welcome you into their writerly worlds and always eager to share their path.
I mentioned earlier today 's Indie Wednesday, so head on over to the Indelibles for more info on the indie world if you're considering it. I also wanted to mention the amazing chat that happened last week on NALitChat regarding Indie vs. Traditional. There was an audio chat with two bestselling authors, as well as a typical Twitter chat happening with so much great info. The transcribes should be available soon so check it out by clicking here!! And click on the picture below to get to The Indelibles.
Thank you so much for stopping by here! My posts will be pretty random over the summer--meaning the kids have me so busy I'll do my best to post when I can. So I'm always grateful when you take time to visit me. And I always look forward to seeing what you're up to as well.
What do you think of the writerly path? Made a lot of friends? Still feeling your way around? Excited to read Along the Way Home and Dragonfly?? Please share ...